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Poster: R Pal Date: Nov 14, 2013 1:35am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Stealing from the Archive

It is interesting that cheating and credit taking seems to be the main thrust of this discussion. The monetizing of free content is also an important issue. It appears the major search engines results do not display free content first. The content on the Internet Archive often falls far down the search list even if the name of the file is used.
I do understand the cheating aspect though. In another persona here on the IA, I have digitized, prepared and uploaded many files. The content is from my own collection of what may be the only existing copy of the works. Few people now have the equipment to use the unconverted media. I do it for fun and for other users who may find it useful.
I now have had tens of thousands of downloads, so there is an interest. Yet an on-line search does not show my Internet Archive file on the first search page. A site that sells my uploaded copies shows up first in the results without any mention of wonderful me or giving the Archive credit and a possible donation.
I now insert a small, unnoticeable 'watermark' in the files that allows me to at least track the usage of the misappropriated files. I now also reload some of the files with more complete version after the initial 'scan and snatch' pillaging period. The material is similar to adding a bonus track found on those laser disc in use today. The file I upload is not renamed, but only a knowledgeable user will notice the added information.
I prefer anonymity, but I dislike the cheating chiselers that seem to profit from others work. Are there any steps that can be taken to allow these free materials to be obtained freely?

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Poster: aibek Date: Nov 16, 2013 6:00am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Stealing from the Archive

Unless you are ready to escalate the issue, there is little you can do. You could write about it on your website (or Slashdot!), and the information would eventually diffuse. But you don’t wish to do that. Forcing the search engines to reform is, obviously, almost impossible, but at any rate, for a start, that too requires concrete evidence (i.e., greater involvement on your part).

Anyway, I present some ideas below, in case you did not consider some of them.

(i) On your IA pages you could mention that some people are copying the songs and selling them. “Forewarned is forearmed”, etc.
(ii) You could spread the songs yourself on sites besides IA (thepiratebay, etc), with the notice that yours are the original ones and are legal.
(iii) Some news sites would be interested in this issue, at least TorrentFreak and TechDirt. In particular, you may request them to study the legal status of the issue. You could even try contacting EFF.
(iv) Assuming that the search engines are biased only against IA, I suppose you will save time and heart-burn by just running a non-IA songs site yourself. Web-hosting is too cheap now!
(v) Sending a DMCA takedown notice, or forcing the pillager to send a DMCA takedown notice to you, would have interesting consequences! It will be a showdown! Perhaps there would be people interested in a pro bono case? (EFF, ACLU?)
(vi) It all depends on what time you are willing to invest in the issue, of course. If the pillager is offering the songs on phone apps you could write to the author of the app (or to Apple or Google). If you engage a lawyer, you could write to the credit card provider/processor regarding the fraud. (IANAL, though.)